I entirely agree 98%. You are spot-on in your description of what an ordinary owner does when they go and install some new radio gear. But there are two 1%'s where I need to disagree. The first is quite straightforward:
Now why do you have to go and call me dumb? I may be many things, some of them bad, but dumb I am not. I hold a point of view with which you disagree is all. How would you feel if I started bad-mouthing you?Hiljoball wrote:To read any more into it than that is just plain dumb!
The second is more subtle.
I don't agree. Until now almost all owners have been ignorant of the issue, and have carried on in blissful ignorance. No real problem there, it is how almost all owners behave. No one first checks the Class Rules before buying a new radio set, after all. But to say that the class has accepted an understanding is not correct, the class has accepted nothing, yet.The class has accepted a commonsense understanding
So, as you have said:
The real issue is, what should happen when the ignorance is dispelled? When the class appears to have a rule which is being broken? Most of the argument has been how the Spektrum system is just fine, confers no advantage, effectively is just one receiver, etc. Sure. But that isn't the point. The point is that there is a problem with the rules such that increasing numbers of owners are in danger of becoming, 'technically', cheats. I've put that strongly, of course, and I am not suggesting that you are in fact a cheat. But if you use the AR7000 receiver, well, you may inadvertently be doing something the rules do not permit...This discussion highlights the difference in the approach to running the class. The differences exposed here, are far more important than the question raised.
For me, the right approach by the one person in the world who has the duty and responsibility of dealing with the IOM Class Rules is to deal with it! A class rule seems to be being broken. In this case, I would say that it is the rule that is broken, but whatever it is, it is the VC Technical's job to do what it takes to either help fix broken class rules or help fix any perception that the class rules are being broken. In my book, doing nothing is not a long-term or sustainable option.
What is said or implied in many of the responses to this issue is that "only a couple of people think there is a problem", or "almost everyone thinks the Spektrum system is fine". However, technical questions are not a voting matter. They have technical answers which are, largely, either correct or incorrect.
Whether a technical answer is politically acceptable, however, is a voting matter. That is why VC Technical makes a recommendation to the Exec about anything to do with the class rules, because it is for the Exec to factor in the politics, peoples feelings, the risks if action is taken, the risks if action is not taken, and so on. As VC Technical, I would feel very comfortable making technical recommendations to the Exec. It is then over to the Exec under the leadership of the Chairman to decide what to do, and I'd be very glad that wasn't my job any more.